Worship Blog...at last!
Over a bowl of Trader Joe's cheerios and coffee I opened up the Covenant Church website to find an exciting new arrival....a blog site devoted to worship. Discussion forums on worship have been lacking in the Covenant except for the valiant efforts of Katie Martinez, Matt Lundgren, Paul Lessard and Doug Vetvik. These brave souls pioneered a new way to study worship in the Covenant context at Covenant Bible College in Colorado (now closed). There was a peculiar tension between CBC Worship Center and North Park Theological Seminary. The seminary seemed (my word) both out of touch with and threatened by another group trying to stay in touch with and teach worship. I was part of that tension creating atmosphere because I thought the seminary is the logical place to teach worship. It's where pastors are trained and shaped. And pastors are the ones in the center of worship leading in most churches. It seemed logical that the seminary should take the lead in teaching worship...but it did not, not for churches and leaders already in place.
So the Worship Connection was established by the above-mentioned persons as a pre-Midwinter event each year. I attended several of them and found them rich and stimulating. It was that place where pastors and musicians (both contemporary and classical) could talk safely and exchange ideas, concerns and best practices. But that was only once a year.
So today, when I opened up the web site for the denomination www.covchurch.org I was excited to see this new blog site on worship. The total address is www.covchurch.org/blogs/worship.blog Go visit and have some fun!